John L. Caughey is a Professor and past chair in the Department. His research involves the ethnographic, comparative investigation of contemporary cultures as systems of meaning. He has done field research in Micronesia, South Asia, and the U.S. (including field work with Old Order Mennonites, on a psychiatric ward in Philadelphia, with psychotherapists in Washington, D. C., with South Asians in America, and with Americans in South Asia). He is particularly interested in how contemporary individuals handle multiple cultural traditions including how they simultaneously or alternatively construct senses of self out of diverse cultural models of race, gender, ethnicity, and personality. His work on individuals and their cultures also includes ethnographic investigations of the cultural dimensions of trials, travel, and imaginary social experience. He holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity.
Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, 1970)
M.A. Cultural Anthropology (University of Pennsylvania, 1967)
B.A. English Literature (Harvard College, 1963)
- The Anthropologist as Expert Witness: The Case of a Murder in Maine." Multicultural Jurisprudence. Ed. Alison Renteln. Oxford, Hart Publishing Company, 2008.
- Negotiating Cultures and Identities. Life History Issues, Methods and Readings. Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2006.
- "How to Teach Self-Ethnography."
Tricks for Teaching Anthropology. Ed. Patricia Rice and David
McCurdy. New York: Prentice Hall, 2000.
- "Personal Identity on Faanakkar."
Pieces of the Personality Puzzle: Readings in Theory and Research. Ed. David C. Funder and D. Ozer. New York: W.W. Norton and Company,
- "Imaginary Social
Relationships." Media Journal: Reading and Writing About Popular
Culture. Ed. Joseph Harris and Jay Rosen. Boston: Allyn and Bacon
- "Gina As Steven: The Social
and Cultural Dimensions of A Media Relationship." Visual Anthropology
Review 10 (1994): 126-135.
- "Social Dimensions of Mental
Imagery: An Anthropological Approach." Imagery: Current Perspectives.
Ed. Joseph Shorr. New York: Plenum, 1989. 33-44.
- "On the Anthropology of
America." Symbolizing America. Ed. Herve Varenne. Lincoln:
University of Nebraska Press, 1986. 229-50.
- Imaginary Social Worlds:
A Cultural Approach. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1984.
- "The Ethnography of Everyday
Life: Theories and Methods for American Culture Studies." American
Quarterly 34 (1982): 222-243.
Contemporary American Cultures (undergraduate)
Asian Religions in American Culture (undergraduate)
Life History Research in American Studies (graduate)
Ethnography and American Studies (graduate)
Cultural Encounters (graduate)